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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Green Tea Pancake, Gravy, and Roast Chicken



Before going into the post, I'd like to make a correction to my eggroll post. My Chinese friend told me that Chinese people call them Spring Rolls (春捲 chun juan).  There are two kinds of egg rolls: one is the long, yellow, rolled egg-based cookies that are made in Hong Kong.  The other (and this is the confusion) is kind of like a spring roll, and it's also a rolled, fried, stuffed thing.

Eggrolls have egg and sometimes green onion inside. That's why they are eggrolls. They're not stuffed very full so they can roll a lot more. The wrap pastry is round instead of square. They are pan-fried instead of being deep fried.

I guess my "eggrolls' are supposed to be called spring rolls. Ok Mr. Spring Rolls.

Back to this dish.
I had a hard time naming this concoction, seriously.
I don't really know what to call it. I just put what I liked in the dish and recreated it for Denise's noodle challenge.

Denise Fletcher at Quickies on the dinner table is hosting a noodle challenge.  Her introducing noodle is hard to top. Infusion Green tea soup, who would have thought of that!? I'm a fan of her blog so anything she does I'd love to partake in! It's fun to participate anyway. I have to gear up this dish, hit the paddle hard, and move this post over other awaiting dishes. Why, you ask? It's because the prize is her practical and handy cookbook!

Isn't it gorgeous!?

A Thai dish called Rad-Na would be the closest thing to this concoction. But, it's not quite the dish otherwise I would call it green tea rad na, don't you think? I love green tea. So, green tea soba is ALWAYS kept in my pantry. I like fried eggs but I don't like dry food. Therefore, having fried eggs and some gravy or sauce is a must for me. The gravy is a key to this dish as it ties everything together. I didn't oven roast chicken for this dish since I had leftovers from making a new sandwich for my new gig. However, roasted chicken compliments the dish really well.

For the green tea noodle pancake, I don't know how I got it. I just needed something "different" and Asian like. Deep fried noodle is too simple so I made an Asian mixture to bond the noodle and then I fried it. It turned out pretty good and I was surprised, myself. It was savory and a foodgasm. I was willing to have two plates if only I wasn't too full.


Gree Tea Noodle Pancake, Gravy, and Roast Chicken
Yield: 4

4 fried eggs
oven roasted chicken breast (you can roast skin on, bone in, half chicken breast by seasoning with salt, black pepper, and drizzling olive oil over. Roast in the oven at  400 F for 45 mins).


For green tea pancake:
1 bundle dried green tea soba noodle
1 egg
3 tbs AP flour
1/4 tsp five spice powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
4 tbs soy milk (or any kind of milk you have on hand)
Canola oil for frying


For gravy:
3 heads bok choy, cut base off and stemmed
1/2 cups dried black fungus. (Soak the fungus in boiled water for 20-30 mins, then rinse)
1 big shallot, thingly sliced ( 2 for medium)
2 tbs cornstarch
4 tbs water
2 cups chicken stock or more if needed
1 tbs fermented yellow bean paste
1 tbs sugar
1/2 tbs soy sauce
1/2 tbs mirin (optional)
1 tsp white vinegar
white pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro and green onions
1 tbs olive oil


  • Cook noodle in a boiling water for 5-7 mins as directed in a package's intruction. After it's cooked, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • Mix, 1 egg, flour, five spice powder, sale & pepper, and milk in a bowl. Whisk just until everything is combined. Don't over whisk otherwise you won't get the sort of tempura texture.
  • Heat up oil in a small sauce pan. I used a small sauce pan to avoid using too much oil. The oil should be hot around 350 F.
  • Hand curl your cooked noodle into a flat circle. Use a fish turner/spatula or anything flat to lift the noodle and dump in a mixture. Use a slotted turner to lift coated noodle into a dish. Do at one at a time.
  • Fry the noodle until golden brown. The noodle is already cooked so we don't need to spend too much time on frying; just for outside is crispy.
  • After it's done, move it to a prepared tray that was lined with paper towel.
  • Now your noodle is done. We will make a gravy. Heat up a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add oil, then shallots. Brown the shallots.
  • Add chicken stock. Add all the seasonings, fungus, and bok choy. Adjust the taste.
  • Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Mix well with fork or whisk. Pour the cornstarch mixture into a pot to thicken up the sauce. DON'T sprape out the cornstartch mixture at the bottom of the bowl. We will need only liquid. That's why you need to whisk well.
  • Taste to correct.

Cooked soba

Before going into a hot oil tub

I'm hot!



Place the noodle first, then arrange 4-5 bok choy stems from the gravy on the noodle. Raddle some gravy over. Place fried egg on top. Then place chicken. Raddle more gravy on top and to the side. Don't pour too much gravy because we are not making soup. Just to the amount that you will lick your plate off :)

Arrange bok choy on a pancake and pour some gravy on top

Place a fried egg on top. Don't forget to clean the side of the plate!

Am I delicious looking?


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denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Hey Tanantha - Wow! I am impressed by your creativity and imagination. This looks wonderful - love the contrast in texture between the crisp noodles and silky gravy. The fried egg is a nice, very Asian touch. Well done, my friend :)

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Very nice Tanantha! You dishes are really creative. Those noodle pancakes look great. I also like how you have piled everything up in a stack. Makes a great presentation :)

Magic of Spice said...

Tanantha, this is so creative and looks gorgeous! Nicely done :)

lequan said...

Hi Tanantha,

I actually never knew the difference between eggrolls and spring rolls either, and I'm Chinese...ha!

Loving your creativity in this beautiful dish. That is some kick butt gravy you've got going on there. It looks so delicious that I'm tempted to drink that like a soup. Wonderful dish all around. I'll take two plates please :-P

Faith said...

I love this! I just posted a simialar pasta dish for this event...great minds definitely think alike! ;) I have to say though, I like your dish even better than mine. It sounds fantastic with the roast chicken and gravy!

Lazaro Cooks! said...


Love the dish. Fantastic flavor and very creative. Beautiful photos as well. Thanks for jumping in on our contest.

Happy travels. Have fun!

Roxan said...

T! I am beyond impressed. I've had this page open for an hour while I worked just to make sure I wouldn't forget to comment on it. You seriously need to open a restaurant. I plan on visiting Seattle someday, I need a good restaurant to go to!

Btw - you're so cute with the "i'm hot" comment.

Marisa said...

Hey Tanantha! The green tea pancakes are awesome. How inventive! The entire dish is really, and it looks delicious.

Thanks for clearing up the eggroll/spring roll thing. I didn't know the technical differences between the two. Kind of thought that the two names were interchangeable--guess not! Thanks :)

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks just impressive! If it was me preparing this, then it would look messy and chaotic...but you presented it so well!

Stella said...

I love green tea Rad Na (smile)! Did I spell that right? Either way, it looks really delicious, Tanantha. Although, I probably would have dove in already at the point of that pot looking like really delicious Asian soup and then you would have been mad at me;). Yummerz!
Oh, and I noticed you used white pepper here. I use it sometimes, as it's called for in some Algerian recipes that I love. But I have a hard time using it. Does it smell like a barn to you? It does to me...:)

Spicie Foodie said...

Wow Tanantha, what a great dish! So creative and oh so yummy looking. I love cha soba too and everything on your plate sounds mouthwatering. Best of luck on the challenge:)

Anonymous said...

I love this creative idea of green tea noodle pancakes! They look so crispy and delicious! I like the addition of five spice!

Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Tanantha, I just knew that you would come up with an 'out of this world' noodle dish and you did! I love your presentation with the fried noodle cakes stacked with all the veggies and sauce, oh yum;)

Monet said...

Foodgasm...I love that! There is no doubt that this dish is pretty spectacular. You are always so creative, and I love seeing your innovation. Those green tea pancakes look delicious as does your entire bowl! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a lovely Friday!

She's Cookin' said...

I love your Asian twist with the crispy noodles and fried egg added to comfort food classic chicken and gravy! Great job, Tanantha :)

Juliana said...

Wow, I love the idea of crispy noodles in creamy sauce...looks delicious...very creative and the pictures are awesome :-)

Bren said...

here from Lazaro Cooks! and so glad to have found you. great pairing especially since i am a crazy lover of green tea anything!

Anonymous said...

So creative! Green tea is a great addition :)

Jessie said...

You are incredibly delicious looking :D Crispy noodles, fried egg, BLACK FUNGUS!!!! (my favorite thing ever!) I love how you stacked the ingredients, too - that's very clever! I'd say you are definitely a top contender for the Quickies Challenge :)

I truthfully never knew the difference between eggrolls and spring rolls (bad half Chinese girl!), so thanks for clearing that up! Now I know I've made spring rolls in the past, not eggrolls. Oops :)

Have a wonderful day, Tanantha!

Foodessa said...

Tanantha...I'm not one bit surprised that your creativity would shine right through this inventive dish. Very well done ;O)

Flavourful wishes,

Emily said...

This looks amazingly yummy!!!!!!! I love the noodle pancakes (coz they are deep fried and crispy) and drenched in the rich gravy ( fungus) and the creaminess from the egg.....Big mistake for reading this post at 11.25pm at night! :P (I'm staring at Mr Pringles next to my laptop...)


I love the looks of your noodle pancakes and had to come over from Denise's site to check it out! Awesome!

Magdalena said...

Creative and very interesting dish, for sure delicious. I am glad I have not a bit of time to come back to your blog...I am going to check out latest recipes.

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